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Weep you no more, sad fountains

Language: English

Weep you no more, sad fountains;
  What need [you]1 flow so fast?
Look how the snowy mountains
  Heaven's sun doth gently waste!
    But my sun's heavenly eyes
      View not your weeping,
      That now lies sleeping,
    [Softly now, softly]2 lies

Sleep is a reconciling,
  A rest that peace begets;
Doth not the sun rise smiling
  When fair at [e'en]3 he sets?
    Rest you, then, rest, sad eyes!
      Melt not in weeping,
      While she lies sleeping,
    [Softly now, softly]2 lies

Translation(s): GER GER

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1 van Dieren: "ye"
2 van Dieren, Holst, Moeran: "Softly, now softly"
3 Parry: "eve"; Moeran, Quilter, van Dieren: "even"; Holst: "ev'n"

Submitted by Ted Perry


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Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Weint nicht mehr, traurige Brunnen
wozu so reich strömen?
Sieh' wie die Schneeberge
des Himmels Sonne freundlich taut!
Doch meiner Sonne himmlische Augen
sehen Euer Weinen nicht,
das schlafend nun daliegt
still nun und sanft liegt 

Schlaf ist ein Versöhner
eine Ruh', die Frieden zeugt.
Geht nicht die Sonne lächelnd auf,
wenn heiter und schön er sofort begann?
Ruht also, ruht, Augen voll Traurigkeit
Löst euch nicht auf in Tränen,
Während sie nun schlafend liegt,
sanft und still liegt 

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Based on
  • a text in English by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist, 16th century
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Seymour Barab, Robert Fairfax Birch, Rebecca Clarke, Bernard van Dieren, John Dowland, John Edmunds, Helen Fothergill, John Linton Gardner, Ivor Gurney, Gustav Holst, Ernest John Moeran, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, Sir, Roger Quilter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2007-08-28T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:02:27
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